ORLY Birds of a Feather collection swatches

Why do birds suddenly appear / every time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be / close to you.

Why does nail lacquer suddenly appear / my no buy, I cannot adhere!

ORLY, you’re killing me over here. You know I have a crippling addiction to all things grey and lacquer-y. Your Birds of a Feather collection might be gosh-darn pretty, but you’re not helping my wallet!

ORLY - Nite Owl

ORLY – Nite Owl

Nite Owl is the Double Bay Lunch Club of lacquers. A sandy beige with silver shimmer, Note owl applied smoothly in two coats and wore like a champ. The swatch above was taken after three days with only some minor tip wear visible. I tend to opt for the neutral-yet-sassy shades for when I go away on holidays, so I’m deffo keeping this one around for when I next go lazing around a resort pool (hint hint).

ORLY - Peachy Parrot

ORLY – Peachy Parrot

Peachy Parrot is a soft peach frost. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of frosts and Peachy Parrot hasn’t lured me over to the shimmery dark side – the frost lends itself to showing up brush strokes no matter how nifty I am with the applicator brush. Application was a straight two coats without any bald spots or pulling.
Inoffensively pretty: it’d look smashing on olive skin, but I’m not in love with this peachy cousin to OPI’s Royal Flush Blush. Next!

ORLY - Fowl Play

ORLY – Fowl Play

ORLY - Fowl Play

ORLY – Fowl Play

I see you, Fowl Play. I know what you’re up to with your deep grape jelly base and flecks that flash red and gold and your sparkles and your copper flakies. You can’t fool me: you’re OPI Merry Midnight wearing a fancy set of new duds!
Due to the jelly base Fowl Play was a three-coater for me – in this case that isn’t a negative as layering up this lacquer lead to some really interesting depth amongst the flakies/shimmers/sparkles/kitchen sink. Flaunt it in the sun and get ready to be overly fascinated with how pretty your nails are.

ORLY - Sweet Peacock

ORLY – Sweet Peacock

Oh my god. Oh my god. It’s like Easter Egg foil wrappers in nail polish form! Sweet Peacock is far, far too eye-catching for its own good. I’m not even a big fan of blue nail polish and even I was making excuses to leave it on for just one more day…
Application was surprisingly painless for a metallic fleck polish – two coats for optimal coverage, although you could probably cheat with one coat and no one would suspect a thing. Sweet Peacock dried down with minimal lumps and bumps, so just a thin application of top coat is enough to give this a glassy mirror finish. Removal, however, was a total glitterpig, so get ready to soak with an acetone-based remover and rue the day you ever fell in love with metallic- and glitter-based nail polish.

ORLY - Sea Gurl

ORLY – Sea Gurl

ORLY - Sea Gurl

ORLY – Sea Gurl

What’s that, you say? A deep pewter metallic polish that isn’t a brushstroke-y disaster? Sea Gurl, get in my Helmer.
Two coats for the best finish, no bubbling or bald spots, easy to remove and did I mention that it’s a rich lustrous grey? I have zero bad things to say about Sea Gurl, sorry. I’m too busy making starry eyes at it.

Hits and misses:
For the sheer yowza factor you just can’t go past Sweet Peacock. It isn’t exactly an everyday office-appropriate colour but to hell with that, right? It looks like a Red Tulip Easter Egg wrapper and for that fact alone it’s a must-have. Nite Owl is a hit because it manages to be a neutral that isn’t beige in colour and beige in attitude. Sea Gurl is grey so hey, that’s an automatic purchase right there!
On the flip side I think you can probably meander straight past Peachy Parrot. That frost finish just isn’t working for me.

ORLY lacquers are AU$18.95 for 18ml. The Birds of a Feather collection is available now from Orly Beauty and selected salons and spas. Happy lacquering!

About author
Lara is a freelance makeup artist, super dork and a total techhead based in Sydney, Australia. She likes playing video games, marathoning seasons of The Office, and carrying out her epic quest to own every grey nail polish ever created. Follow her on Instagram: @theswatchgirl
4 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Orly’s Fowl Play looks amazing :O!! and I’m not usually a fan of glitter!

  2. Great swatches, great post.
    I absolutely adore sweet peacock, it certainly does look loke easter egg foil!
    I can’t wait to be able to purchase Sweet Peacock

  3. I need Fowl Play in my life. NEED IT!

  4. Ohhh I’m not even a sucker for polish but this whole entire collection is screaming to me! Maybe it is just your amazing swatches, but I would wear every single shade…sighing my heart out over here. x

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